How many creatives does it take to save a city?

How many artists, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders does it take to change a light -- wait, remake an entire city?

Peter Kageyama is the author of "For the Love of Cities." Appearing at the Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference, he says one-tenth of one percent of a population can reshape an urban area's destiny. In other words, Detroit needs roughly 719 doers and dreamers to thrive.

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If you could add 719 of the right people, think of the extraordinary things that could happen. If you added a few more Tyree Guytons, or Phil Cooleys, or Claire Nelsons -- those people who are making exraordinary things happen in their own neighborhoods. That's what I'm talking about. That secret sauce.

Find out what else Kageyama has to say about Detroit here.
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